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Thursday, November 13, 2003

Eagles hoping quickness overcomes shortness

Staff Writer

Pecos Eagles' coach Joe Flores will be counting on defense and speed to make up for the Eagles' usual lack of height in basketball when the 2003-04 season gets underway a week from Friday against the Lovington Wildcats.

Pecos waited until the final game of the season last year to get their first District 4-3A win, an 18-point victory over Fort Stockton. It gave the Eagles a 1-9 district record and an 11-17 overall mark. This season, the Eagles will be even shorter than usual on the front line, and return only one post player, in senior Justin Lara, who is still recovering from an pick-up accident two weeks ago.

"We're going to be undersized, but as long as we can look presentable against Permian's JV this weekend, we'll be OK," Flores said.

This is Flores' second year as head coach, and he'll be trying to get the Eagles their first winning season since 1994-95. Pecos has had winning pre-district records several times in that span, including a year ago, but have not won more than two district games in a season in the past nine years.

Of the non-senior varsity players from a year ago, Flores said, "Everyone is back except for John Parent. I guess he decided to heal up from football." That leaves forward Oscar Parada and guard Bino Barreno as the Eagles' top two returning scorers.

Parada was bothered by illness for much of last season. "He could have been a big part of the team, but he lost 20-25 pounds and was ill half the year, so he couldn't reach his full potential," Flores said. "But he's back and is about 100 percent for this weekend. Hopefully he'll be a big part of our offense."

Jose Reyes is the Eagles' other returning varsity player. "He was one of our few consistent outside shooters last year, but over the summer Bino and Oscar improved their outside shooting quite a bit," he said.

Aside from needing to shoot better from the outside to make up for their shorter front line this season, Flores said the Eagles will also have to create more turnovers on the press this season.

"I've got two juniors coming up from the JV last year, Rashad (Terry) and Saul Pina. Both of those guys bring athletic ability and quickness, which we're going to need with our full-court defensive game," he said.

Saturday's scrimmage in Odessa will begin at 10 a.m., while the Lovington game will be the first of four pre-district home games for the Eagles. They'll host Andrews two days before Thanksgiving, but then only have one home game in December, against Alpine, and one against Crane just prior to the start of District 4-3A play in January.

The Eagles will also have road trips for games against the Mustangs and two other former district rivals, Big Spring and Lamesa, along with a post-Christmas holiday trip to the Lamesa Tournament.

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